SHILLONG: 20th November 2021 (PTI Source)
The Minister for Jal Shakti - Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today termed the Dawki River as one of the cleanest rivers in the world and stated that his ministry is working on a project to bring water from Brahmaputra and Barak rivers.
"I am looking forward to my visit there soon where I will be spending some time with people," he said. He further added that "Cleanliness drive should begin from home first".
The Ministry has posted a picture of the river in Meghalaya that is quickly spreading across social media. The water is so clean and transparent that the vegetation and boulders at the bottom are easily visible, and the boat seems to be flying in mid-air rather than floating on water. According to a tweet, the photo shows Meghalaya's River Umngot. The Ministry expressed its gratitude to the people of the state for keeping their waterways clean.
The river Umngot (also known as Dawki River) is located about 100 kilometres from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. "It's one of the cleanest rivers in the world," added the Jal Shakti Ministry.
The Ministry also stated that it'd wished all our rivers were as clean as the rivers of Meghalaya. The people of Meghalaya deserve a round of applause according to the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
The boat is pictured here, with five people on board, including the person rowing it. Since being uploaded on Tuesday morning, it has received more than 23.3K likes and over 4,300 retweets and counting.
Many were amazed after seeing the image, while others lamented that since so many people know about the Umngot river now, they would be tempted to pollute it as well.
“When will the Yamuna River be like this?” - a user asked. Another user stated that the river is so clean because the state's population density is low. Most rivers in Arunachal Pradesh are as clean, said another.
The discharge of city and industrial waste into rivers is a major source of pollution in India. The Delhi Jal Board was recently compelled to deploy workers to sprinkle water on the Yamuna river's banks during Chhath Puja to keep foul foam away from the banks.